DYNAFIT CLIMBS THE SEVEN SUMMITS OF THE ALPS IN ONE WEEK
Boulder, Co - North American Athlete, Eric Hjorleifson, climbed, skied and biked a new adventure (X7) into his already stacked resume. The specific goal was to climb the highest mountain in each of the Alpine countries within seven days by bike, foot and skis, each time going from the valley floor to the summit. Which in total was 18,000 vertical meters going in ascent and 180 kilometers on the flat.
The action kicked off in Slovenia with the Triglav (2864 m), followed by the tallest peak in Austria, the Grossglockner (3,798 m), then the Zugspitze and the Vorder Grauspitz in Liechtenstein. Quickly followed by three 4-thousanders: the 4,634-metre Dufourspitze in Switzerland, the Gran Paradiso in Italy and, last up, Mont Blanc in France, where on May 5th, the exhausted but elated athletes stood in triumphant celebration after achieving their goal.
The X7 team consisted of Benedikt Böhm, General Manager of DYNAFIT, Schorsch Nickaes, International Line Manager and Elmar Tritscher, Sales Manager Austria all experienced competitive ski touring athletes. Andreas Schuwey, Sales Rep Switzerland, Eric Hjorleifson, DYNAFIT Athlete, Mario Scanu, DYNAFIT Rep Italy and Spaniard Javi Martin, international DYNAFIT Team Manager, made up the rest of the team. As well as working for DYNAFIT, all seven athletes boast professional sporting backgrounds with the majority of them coming from the ski-tour racing scene. With exception of Eric “Hoji” Hjorleifson who cut his teeth ski racing and is now considered one of the worlds greatest Freeride skiers.
It didn't take long for the X7 tour to put the seven athletes to the test. "Right from day one of X7, we were up against it – hefty storms, the wind driving sleet in our faces at 90 degrees and only ten meters vision meant we had to take the seemingly never-ending summit ridge route. Our perfect teamwork made it a successful start to our adventure though" says Schorsch Nickaes, summing up the first day. After an ascent covering 2,533 vertical meters and taking just over five hours, the team hit the first of their seven summits just as the clock hit 11am. Weather conditions on day two also made sure the team felt the strain climbing the renowned Grossglockner summit. The athletes conquered the 2,500 vertical meters in the face of hurricane-like storms and horizontal snow in five hours 30 minutes.
This outstanding project saw the team supported by our longstanding partner the Hindelanger Bergführerbüro (Mountain Guide Office) who provided two of its most experienced mountain guides to see to it that the athletes got safely to each of their destinations.
We would also like to offer our thanks to the tourist associations Slovenski planinski muzej, Tourismusverband Osttirol, Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, Liechtenstein Marketing and Valle d’Aosta Booking.
More info and pictures from the X7 tour are available at www.dynafit.com/press.
An athlete-driven brand from the beginning, Dynafit is committed to designing faster, stronger, and lighter gear for ambitious backcountry athletes who never compromise. Development of each product is pursued in concert with a select team of athletes, and no product decisions are made without clear go-ahead from the team.
Based in Munich Germany with North American Headquarters in Boulder Colorado, Dynafit arrives on top first with the biggest smiles, with plenty of power left for the ultimate ride down. The highest mountains and most extreme conditions require both the lightest and most bomber gear in the world – no compromises. That is why Dynafit invests in the world’s top athletes, designs, and technology.
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